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Summary "One in four British girls hit by depression at 14 as experts blame increase in cyber bullying and academic pressure," says the Sun after a large study found 24% of 14-year-old girls in the UK report symptoms of depression. The Millenium Cohort Study followed more than 19,000...
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20 September 2017 – ADI has published an update to its report highlighting examples of dementia friendly initiatives worldwide. The report contains useful information on the implementation, success and monitoring of more than 150 dementia friendly initiatives in over 40 countries. The update...
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"Scientists invent injection that could deliver every childhood vaccine in one go," reports The Independent. Various media sources have run stories on a new injection they claim could allow multiple childhood vaccines to be delivered in a single jab. This follows the development in the US...
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15 September 2017 - ADI is looking for an effective event organiser and administrator to join our small team. [Find out more]
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"Women get bored of having sex with their partner after just a year together, a new study suggests," is the rather crass story in the Mail Online. The news is based on research that actually found multiple factors increased the likelihood of both men and women reporting a lack of interest...
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"Tattoos could give you cancer, new research suggests," is the entirely unsupported claim from the Mail Online. The news come from a study that found evidence particles from tattoo ink can spread into lymph nodes – but it hasn't been proven that tattoo ink causes cancer. Researchers used...
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14 September 2017 – Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has urged the 67th meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Committee for Europe to respond to the Global plan of action on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 . The statement was delivered on behalf of ADI...
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"There is little evidence having the occasional drink while pregnant harms a baby," reports the Mail Online. This follows a review of international research looking at whether low-to-moderate alcohol consumption – no more than 1 to 2 units, once or twice a week – was linked with adverse...
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"It's not what you eat, it's when you eat that matters: study shows timing your meals right is the key to beating obesity," the Mail Online reports. The headline was prompted by a small US study involving 110 university students. Researchers gave them activity monitors to wear, measured...
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"Why the Mediterranean diet is the best cure for acid reflux: Study found patients who ate plenty of fish and veg had fewer symptoms and avoided side effects of medication," the Mail Online reports. Acid reflux, also known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) , is a condition where...
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"Drinks industry downplaying alcohol-cancer link," The Guardian reports as new analysis has been published looking at the accuracy of health information circulated by the alcohol industry on the link between alcohol and cancer. Many people still don't appreciate that alcohol can increase...
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"Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind," The Guardian reports. Statins help reduce the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad cholesterol", in the blood. This in turn helps reduce the risk of...
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"Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer," BBC News reports. Animal and laboratory research suggests a modified version of the virus could possibly be used to target and destroy cancerous cells. The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947. It hit the headlines in 2016 when an...
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"Babies who sleep in separate rooms from their parents have earlier bedtimes, take less time to nod off and get more shut eye," the Mail Online reports on the results of an international survey looking at sleeping locations and outcomes in infants aged 6 to 12 months. The parents of more...
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"One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are," BBC News reports. This is the finding of an analysis of 1.2 million people who used the NHS Heart Age Test . The principle behind the test is that you can "age" your heart through unhealthy behaviour...
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"Belly fat releases proteins that fuel the growth of malignant [cancerous] cells," the Mail Online reports. It's long been known that obesity is an independent risk factor for a number of cancers, including breast, bowel and liver cancer. But it's less clear why this is the case. This...
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"Why gaining a degree could help you live longer," The Daily Telegraph reports. A new gene study found people with genes associated with spending longer in education had around a 33% reduced risk of developing heart disease . One of the practical difficulties about assessing the effects...
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1 September 2017 - September is World Alzheimer's Month, the global campaign to raise awareness of dementia and tackle stigma worldwide. This year the theme is 'Remember me' as we highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis. [Find out more]...
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"Spending just 20 minutes less sitting a day reduces blood sugar levels, improves cholesterol AND even makes you more muscly," is the Mail Online's overly optimistic claim. Researchers in Finland recruited people who worked in offices and had young children for a study investigating...
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"Eating a low-fat diet 'increases your risk of dying young by 25%'," is the stark but somewhat misleading report in The Sun. The study the headline is based on mainly looked at people in lower- and middle-income countries, where diets are very different, so the results may not be relevant...

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